Design protection is an important business asset for companies of all sizes, not just bigger ones.

EUIPO’s research shows that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which own designs have 17% higher revenue per employee than SMEs that do not own any intellectual property rights.

Designs are well defined in the European Union: Council regulation on Community designs

Examples of designs

Almost any industrial or handicraft item can be eligible for design protection (except for computer programs) Packaging image

Product Packaging Set of products

A product / Set of products composite products

Composite products Parts of products

Part of products

Design Marks Logos


Design Marks Computer Icons

Computer Icons Typefaces

Typefaces Graphic Design

Graphic designs Get-ups

Get-ups Ornamentation

Ornamentation Webdesign

Web design Maps

Part of products